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'Selfie,' 'twerk' among year's most annoying words

  • File- In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber takes a "selfie" with a fan at the premiere of the feature film "Justin Bieber's Believe" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The word selfie is on a list of among those words selected for elimination in Michigan's Lake Superior State University's 39th annual batch of words to banish due to overuse, overreliance and overall fatigue. Others include "twerking," "Mr. Mom" and "on steroids." (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, Invision)

DETROIT — A Michigan university has issued its annual list of annoying words, and those flexible enough to take selfies of themselves twerking should take note.

In addition to "selfie" and "twerking," there was a strong sense among those who nominated words to this year's list that the word "hashtag" and term "Mr. Mom" had both run their course.

"Selfie," a term that describes a self-taken photo, often from a smartphone, led the way among the more than 2,000 nominations submitted to Lake Superior State University's 39th annual batch of words to banish due to overuse, overreliance and overall fatigue. Even President Barack Obama got into the act this month when he took a well-publicized selfie with other world leaders in South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

"It's a lame word. It's all about me, me, me," wrote David Kriege of Lake Mills, Wis. "Put the smartphone away. Nobody cares about you."

Since 1975, the list has grown to more than 800 words, many from the worlds of politics, sports and popular — maybe too popular — culture.


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